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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
The temptation will be there as early as today for Team Canada to excuse Mario Lemieux from participation in the Turin Olympics. Problem is, the man's country very much needs him to play. This will seem, of course, somewhat counter-intuitive to those who look at Lemieux's lousy stats this season, his slowing 40-year-old body and brand new heart concerns and figure he's no longer suitable for the defending Olympic champs.continued
from the Arizona Republic,
More promotions, cheaper ticket prices and a loyal fan base are being credited with making the return to the ice for the Phoenix Coyotes a good one. It also doesn't hurt to have the National Hockey League's reputed greatest player ever as the head coach of a team that's winning games. The Coyotes are reporting an increase in ticket sales from the previous season and are averaging more than 15,000 fans a game.read on
Pretty good quote from Barry Trotz in the Asbury Park and Press,
Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz, whose team has surpassed preseason expectations to become one of the NHL's top teams, was asked about the similarly surprising Rangers. "Everything runs through Highway 68," Trotz said.more...recap of last night's game between Nashville and the NYR...
from the Chicago Tribune via the Mercury News,
They are two words people with longtime ties to the sport deem sacred: Original Six. For many, those words evoke memories of Hull, Mikita, Howe, Richard, Beliveau and Sawchuk, when the sport was concentrated in six cities - Chicago, Detroit, Boston, New York, Montreal and Toronto. It's fondly referred to as "old-time hockey." But as the years go by, the mystique of the Original Six appears to be fading. Wednesday at the United Center was another example. Despite making their only appearance of the season and perhaps their only showing in the next five or six seasons, the New York Rangers, one of those Original Six teams, failed to fill up the United Center for their game against the Blackhawks.more
from the CP via TSN,
While the media spotlight in Canada has centred on Wayne Gretzky's Olympic scouting trip this week, U.S. general manager Don Waddell quietly went about cutting down his short list to about 30 players. The Americans are down to 26 skaters and four goalies. ''We have about six guys on the bubble right now,'' the U.S. general manager said Thursday. ''We're going to see all those guys one more time here in the next 10 days.read on
Scotty Bowman was just on Detroit radio and said he has noticed scoring down the last couple of weeks or so. Teams are starting to play more defense and protecting leads. Scotty mentioned the goalie equipment must get smaller. He was watching Hasek on TV the other night and he looks four feet wide. If policemen can wear bullet proof vests and we can't even tell they have one on, then why can't the equipment be made smaller. Not too many even strength goals, he wants to see the winger coming down the boards, fire a slapper from 40 ft. and score. He feels the NHL must meet with the NHLPA and change some rules, the goalie equipment being the #1 priority. Bowman also talked about the goalie situation in Detroit. Until Manny gets back into action, there will be some doubt. His recommendation is wait for Manny to come back and see what shakes out. No need for a trade now. My two cents on the rumor that Legace will be moved in a trade- Hogwash. Manny is a UFA after this year, no team is going to offer a player of much value, and besides, who plays goal for the Wings if he is gone. It makes no sense to move him unless the value offered is too good to pass up. which is not going to happen.
from Jim Kelley of ESPN,
Twenty-five years ago, Mike Ramsey was a 19-year-old American-born defenseman who had just walked out of the Olympic Ice Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y., with a gold medal around his neck, a hockey bag full of equipment and a long hike up a hill to get back to his living quarters. Ramsey tells a story of being stopped by a New York state trooper as he began his hike. The trooper was somewhat concerned that such a young kid was hauling off equipment from the arena where one of the most emotional hockey games ever played had just taken place.continued
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
It doesn't help matters that Lemieux has had several episodes of this condition since mid-summer. According to the website The Atrial Fibrillation Page, AF is not something to be dismissed lightly. Once thought to be just a "nuisance arrhythmia," newer medical research uncovered some "devastating complications" including stroke, congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy, all directly related to AF. It also suggested that AF can occur at any age, but its prevalence tended to increase with age and affected men slightly more often than women. Lemieux is 40. If he wanted to play in the Olympics, he would be guaranteed one of the 23 roster spots, of that there is no doubt. But does he have the urge to make a two-week trip to Europe in the middle of a long NHL season, when he might be better off spending the time resting his body?read on
from the Buffalo Business Journal,
Rechin, owner of C&T Hockey Products Ltd., saw gross sales fall at his Sanborn business by more than 50 percent, from about $650,000 in 2003 to about $250,000 last year. Employment was slashed from eight to four. The NHL cancelled its 2004-05 season when players and owners could not agree on a collective bargaining contract. With the dispute settled, the custom silk-screened hockey puck and stick business is on the rebound. Sales are expected to reach $450,000 this year. "The NHL strike last year killed us and we really had to restructure," Rechin said.continued
from the blog of Nancy Koenig at NHL.com,
I'm always grateful for the opportunity to watch NHL hockey after midnight and can't imagine living on the West Coast, where games hosted here in the East air in the early evening. What would I do without late-night games?more Ah yes, with a DVR you can actually watch games until about 4am...
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